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The Critical Thing You’re Overlooking at These Banks

By David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer – Feb 22, 2014 at 7:00AM

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Don’t forget to investigate this side of the balance sheet.

Bank of America (BAC -1.29%), Bank of Internet (AX -0.08%), and M&T Bank (MTB 0.46%) are all banks. That's basically where the similarities end. Every bank holds different assets than their competitors, relies on different revenue streams, and also has different funding sources. This last point is often overlooked by investors.

In this segment of The Motley Fool's financials-focused show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson take a deep look at the liabilities side of bank balance sheets and highlight the vast differences investors can find at various banks.

David Hanson has no position in any stocks mentioned. Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Bank of America. The Motley Fool recommends Bank of America and BofI Holding. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America, BofI Holding, and Capital One Financial.. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Stocks Mentioned

Bank of America Stock Quote
Bank of America
BAC
$36.08 (-1.29%) $0.47
New York Community Bancorp Stock Quote
New York Community Bancorp
NYCB
$9.05 (-1.52%) $0.14
Capital One Financial Stock Quote
Capital One Financial
COF
$97.69 (-1.64%) $-1.63
M&t Bank Stock Quote
M&t Bank
MTB
$169.10 (0.46%) $0.78
Axos Financial Stock Quote
Axos Financial
AX
$39.28 (-0.08%) $0.03

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